Disgraced former Gov. Andrew Cuomo sent a 9/11 message to his campaign donors Sunday — after missing New York’s annual memorial events for the first time in at least a decade.
Cuomo — who resigned from office 19 days ago amid a sex-harassment scandal — wrote in a brief six-line note about how hard it is to think of the 9/11 terror attacks while making a plea for overall unity and love.
“Yesterday was a hard day for all New Yorkers,” said the e-mail, which was signed “Andrew M. Cuomo.”
“We remember the horrific scenes and palpable fear of the unknown. … We remember the pain of the families who lost love ones and we shed a tear,” he wrote.
“Imagine how strong we’d be, if we as Americans held that same spirit of unity everyday that we did on September 12, 2001 and in the days after. Today, the day after the 20th anniversary of 9/11, let us recommit ourselves everyday to the NY values we hold dear: unity and freedom for all. And remember, that in the end, love wins. Always.
“#NeverForget,” the e-mail adds.
The ex-governor was not in office during the attacks of 2001. His big brush with post-9/11 fame came in 2002, during his failed first attempt to run for governor, when he suggested that then-Gov. George Pataki failed to lead in the aftermath of the attacks.
Comparing Pataki unfavorably to “hero” New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Cuomo derisively said the then-governor “held the leader’s coat.”
Cuomo, who served as governor from 2011 till last month — attending New York’s annual 9/11 memorial events — is now persona non grata among the political elite who spent Saturday paying their respects at Ground Zero.
His successor, Gov. Kathy Hochul, attended Saturday’s later Mets-Yankees game held in honor of the terror attack’s 20th anniversary. She wore a personalized shirt with both the Mets and Yankees logos.